Personalizing a cremation urn with a name, dates, and artwork can add meaning and bring comfort. Adding a phrase like "In Loving Memory" and his / her name can be just the right touch to pay tribute to a life special to you. Some families have engraved favorite phrases or funny messages to remind them of the laughter they all once shared. As a general rule of thumb, less is more: shorter text is more readable and has a stronger look.

Common Engraved Inscriptions

Top 5 Traditional Engraved Phrases:

  1. Forever in our Hearts / Always in our Hearts

  2. Forever Loved / Always Loved

  3. Rest in Peace

  4. Beloved (Mother, Father, Brother, etc.)

  5. In (Loving) Memory of

Top 5 Non-Traditional Engraved Phrases:

  1. In God's Care

  2. Rest in Heaven

  3. Best Mom / Dad Ever

  4. My Dad / Mom, My Hero

  5. {A Biblical Verse of one's choosing}

Common Date Formats

Dates can be written in many different formats from the traditional mm/dd/yyyy format to spelling out the months in full such as October 24, 2016. Before you decide how you would like it engraved, you need to find out the amount of engraveable space available on the urn. While cremation urns such as our Cultured Marble Urns or Wood Urns have a large area to engrave the full month, smaller sized cremation urns like Keepsake Urns would only have room for the years (i.e. yyyy - yyyy).

Possible Date Formats

1/11/1947 - 10/23/2016

1/11/47 - 10/23/16

May 21, 1931 -
February 3, 2008

1921 - 2021

Fonts / Typestyles

At Stardust Memorials, we offer five different fonts / typestyles. Most people choose Times Roman, but Clarendon is another popular choice. Some fonts look more appealing on some urns than others -- for instance, our engraving staff prefers the look of Times Roman on cultured marble urns, while they prefer Clarendon on metal and brass urns.


Artwork can add a unique accent to an urn that is plain, or artwork can be added to express a loved one's interests or personality. Why does Stardust Memorials have two sets of artwork to choose from?

The artwork selection is unique to the type of engraving that can be performed on the chosen urn. Rotary Engraving Artwork is used for brass and metal urns, while Laser Engraving Artwork is suitable for our wood urns and cultured marble urns. The artwork for each machine has been carefully selected for the best results. Here are a few urns and memorial items with engraved artwork:

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